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Products > Himalayacalamus hookerianus 'Teague's Blue'
Himalayacalamus hookerianus 'Teague's Blue' - Blue Bamboo

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bamboo
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: Bhutan (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: NA
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Synonyms: [Drepanostachyum falcatum 'New Blue']
Height: 12-20 feet
Width: Clumping
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Himalayacalamus hookerianus 'Teague's Blue' (Blue Bamboo) - This is a robust selection of Blue Bamboo. It forms an attractive clump of upright 1 inch wide culms to 15-20+ feet tall with 6 inch long dark green leaves that dangle gracefully. The newly emerging culms are a glaucous blue; this color is retained at the base as the culms age to an olive green. In sunny locations the culms take on a reddish cast on the side facing the sun. Plant in morning sun or light shade in Southern California to full sun further north and irrigate regularly to occasionally. Hardy to 15 degrees F. Great for a hedge planting or for large containers. It appears to be especially attractive to gophers, so wire basket protection is advised. Most clones of this bamboo in cultivation flowered continuously through the 1990's and produced an abundance of seedlings that remained smaller than the parent and are marketed as 'New Blue' or 'Blue Baby'. In addition there were seedlings such as this selection, made by San Diego horticulturist, the late Bill Teague, that are more robust. Some contend that this plant is no different than the original Blue Bamboo but we do believe it is different. We make this statement based on seeing 'Teague's Blue' in the Berkeley, CA garden of artist Marcia Donahue and noted that it was notably larger than her plant of the species, which in itself was a nice form of the Blue Bamboo (certainly not a "New Blue"). Since there is considerable variability in these seedling plants we feel that it is important that this robust selection be named to distinguish it from others. We are currently growing 2 forms: the robust 'Teague's Blue' and one which we simply label as Himalayacalamus hookerianus. This species was more commonly sold in the U.S. as Drepanostachyum falcatum but plants in cultivation in the U.S. were determined to be Himalayacalamus hookerianus by Kew botanist Chris Stapleton. To confuse matters even more the Candy Stripe Bamboo often sold as Drepanostachyum hookerianum turned out to be Himalayacalamus falconeri 'Damarapa'.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing  Himalayaclamus 'Teague's Blue'.